Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rocked, Knocked, Shocked

Have the 4 losses in Gannon's last 5 games been some of the most exasperating in school history? As Jim LeCorchick just said on the radio after Gannon's last-second 69-67 loss at Slippery Rock, the Knights could have/should have won all 4 of those games, and to lose all 4 of them is impossible to comprehend. But the Knights and the Gannon faithful have not only had their minds blown but their hearts broken experiencing these painful defeats. If you stop by the GU basketball office Thursday, you might catch John Reilly sitting askew in his desk chair, staring at a blank wall.

Other thoughts on the game:
* It's kind of weird that 20 years after Flyin' Myron Brown led Slippery Rock to the top of Division II basketball that SRU's top player would be just one letter off -- Maron Brown. The media guide says they're no relation, but you wouldn't have known that after Maron's 25-point, 10-for-15 shooting performance tonight vs. Gannon.

* For the second straight season, Gannon is plagued by a turnover problem. Last year it was players bolting the program, and this year it's an inability to handle the basketball. Yes, the Knights had only 14 turnovers tonight (two below their average of 16), but the 9 in the first half made the difference in another tight game. In the recent close losses vs. Mercyhurst (24) and Edinboro (19) the Knights have been too loose with the ball.

* With Steve Piotrowicz still banged up, Anthony Clagett played 32 minutes tonight. "A.C." -- not to be confused with this A.C. or, worse, this A.C. -- scored 6 points and committed just 2 turnovers while not recording an assist. While Piotrowicz is hobbled, it looks like Reilly will go with just a 6-man rotation. UPDATE (2/3/11): I've been told that Piotrowicz suffered a broken nose in the first half of the Slippery Rock game. His status for Saturday is uncertain. Here's wishing him a speedy recovery. First, because having a broken nose is painful, and second, because he's a key part of this Gannon team.

21 comments:

  1. Hahaha love the lippy Slippery Rock football player comment, let's go GU!

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  2. Just checked the women's result ... someone please tell me that Slippery Rock 71, Gannon 63 is some kind of prank. It's Groundhog Day, not April Fool's Day. Please tell me that we didn't lose to a 2-16, 0-6 team.

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  3. Golden89...I listened to the whole game, that actually did just happen. (Grabs the nearest bottle of alcohol) Also during the half of the Men's gam, Coach Wright called out Shanna saying she needs to play harder when asked why she hasn't played much this season. Long night for the Women

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  4. Okay ... now the PSACSports Twitter feed says the same thing ... Slippery Rock 71, Gannon 63. Someone really has taken this joke a little too far. Losing to a 2-16 team ain't funny.

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  5. Still no joke....I wish it was...

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  6. Last second loss on a banked 3 pointer? Wow...that hurts big time.

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  7. Live stats has a two-pointer with two seconds to go to lose 69-67.

    Tough night.

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  8. Add another snake bite to the men and women. IUP's games with Lock Haven were postponed until later in the month. This gives them a whole week to rest up before coming to Gannon.

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  9. Last year's team, as poor as it was, won three close (and controversial) games down the stretch (Edinboro, Rock, and of course, GJ's stoppage time basket against Clarion). This year's team has lost four heartbreakers.

    This year's team wins hands-down on the eyeball test, but may actually wind up with a worse record.

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  10. They are still a very young team and will play like one. Be patient, they will be a very good team soon.
    Two freshmen and a Soph in the starting line up and still a competitive team at times. AKA Golden "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde "Knights

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  11. Would playing LH really take that much out of IUP? Having them go a week without a game, possibly throwing off their timing, may be just as much of an advantage for GU as IUP being rested would be a disadvantage.

    Just sayin'

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  12. I don't think the rest gives IUP the advantage, however, another heart breaking loss for Gannon coupled with the fact that IUP already destroyed Gannon once would give them the advantage. Also, Gannon just played a hard fought battle so they could be fatigued, however, they also should be focused and working on correcting mistakes after just losing the game.

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  13. Actually, thinking about it, I think them playing LHU could've been an advantage for Gannon. You knock around a garbage team and you start throwing in your subs and get new rotations going and your normal "flow" is off heading into the Gannon game. So actually this could be a good thing for IUP heading to Erie.. not because of being rested though.

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  14. Did anyone hear Reilly on 1330 's coaches show? He did his best Bill Belechick imitation when he lauded Lock Haven for being "so well coached" (completely serious sounding).

    Best to find some humor after that loss.

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  15. Lock Haven's coach? or Slippery Rock's?

    They beat Lock Haven.. and why would he be talking about Lock Haven?

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  16. Cc3 lock haven's coach.

    It was the taped Gannon coach's show that airs every Tuesday. So it aired this tuesday before the SR game. And he was talking about lock haven's coach because lecorchick asked Jim about clairon's 42 -0 run on LH.

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  17. ohhh haha wow, I don't think I could say anything nice about that program... that takes some kind of man to spit out that!

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  18. Congratulation to Furno in:

    "Gannon’s Tanner Furno (Columbus,Ohio/Whetstone) has been named to the Capital One Academic College Division All-District 2 third team released Thursday afternoon.

    Furno was one of six student-athletes named to the third team and one of 16 student-athletes named to any of the district’s three teams. The sophomore owns a 3.92 cumulative grade-point average as a mechanical engineering major."

    GU is not just about basketball but also about helping young people get an quality education and mature as individuals. Nice honor for Furno's hard work off the court and for the university.

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